I have started a new habit of picking up Rotisserie chickens from Costco when I go. I think they are larger than many stores, and the price can’t be beat at 4.99 per chicken. Thinking ahead, I picked up two. 45 minutes spent in the kitchen yielded 10 cups of shredded white meat chicken. Juicy, already flavorful, and most importantly, already cooked.
Then thinking about saving more money, I tossed all of the carcass and juice from the bottom of the package in the crock pot. Added carrot, celery, bay leaf and seasoning and turned it on. A few hours later, we drained it, put 2 cups of cooled broth into quart size bags and wound up with 8 cups of chicken broth as well.
Now, 10 cups of chicken and 8 cups of broth is worth my time (very little) and we now have the base of many meals. For example this month we will have Cinnamon Chicken Salad, Stir Fry, Tacos, and Pot Pie. I could also last-minute make Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken and Rice soup quickly!